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Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

Beautiful Energy-Efficient Surrey Hospital Expansion Targets LEED Gold in British Columbia

The Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower is a $512M project that has increased the emergency department by five times the size, provides specialized mental health and pediatric health, has

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7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

7 Design Students Share Their Stories on Why They’re Studying Sustainable Design at the Boston Architectural College

Did you know that Tadao Ando was a boxer before he became an architect? Or that Philip Johnson studied philosophy before going on to build his famed Glass House? The road to a career in design is not

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Tiny Transforming Apartment Maximizes Space for an Artist in Tel Aviv

Tiny Transforming Apartment Maximizes Space for an Artist in Tel Aviv

The artist’s studio is nestled within a 1950s concrete building in Tel Aviv which has particularly problematic natural lighting. The architects carefully divided the windows and placed blinds to allow

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Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw’s Sculptural, Light-Filled Pulkovo Aiport Opens in St. Petersburg

Grimshaw Architects won an international competition in 2007 to design the Pulkovo Airport, which was recently opened up to passengers. While Grimshaw has retained control as concept guardians, the

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Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Ward + Blake Architects Use Low-Tech Solutions for High Efficiency School Design in Wyoming

Award-winning Jackson Hole architecture firm Ward + Blake Architects received special funding for its energy-efficient design of a new central administration facility for the Teton County School District

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Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kengo Kuma Wraps Tokyo’s Sunny Hills Cake Shop in a Latticed 3D Wooden ‘Cloud’

Kuma's eye-catching cake shop stands in the middle of a residential area in Tokyo's Aoyama, with a memorable cloud-like shape. The intricate structure takes inspiration from traditional bamboo baskets,

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Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

Treehouse-Like Huts at WOHA’s Goodwood Residences Serve as Cozy Gathering Spaces

The Goodwood Residence has 210 apartments that surround a central courtyard dominated by a large swimming pool and clubhouse. It is a community gathering space complete with a concierge, reading room and

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

Vo Trong Nghia’s Wind and Water Bar is Made Almost Entirely of Bamboo in Viet Nam

In contrast to the café, the bar is an enclosed whole that is accessible via stepping stones connecting it to the shore. The structural dome is 10m high, spanning 15m across. The main frame is built from

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home

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Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Circular Stoas Vilentum University Embraces Energy-Efficient Design in the Netherlands

Stoas Vilentum University places a strong focus on sustainability, which is reflected in its form, materials and interior spaces. The school's cylindrical shape minimizes energy loss while allowing plenty

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Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Infographic: The Benefits of Home Automation Systems

Did you know that home automation systems can lower your electricity bills, improve energy efficiency, and boost your home's security to boot? Today's smart systems allow you to monitor your lights and

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Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Tiny Abod Shelters Provide Humane Housing for Slum Dwellers in Just One Day

Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Doug amassed a team of designers to help him with his latest philanthropy project - lightweight shelters that can be easily shipped and erected anywhere in the world.

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Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

Amazing Casa Oruga in the Andes is Made from 12 Shipping Containers

The magnificent Casa Oruga (Caterpillar) rests on a mountain slope in the suburbs of Santiago de Chile. Totally integrated to the landscape, the corrugated iron boxes will get rustier with time mimicking

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Roderick Vos Creates Hanging Potted Plants that Provide Oxygen, Power, and Lighting

Roderick Vos Creates Hanging Potted Plants that Provide Oxygen, Power, and Lighting

Each of the lights is made from cast aluminium, which is covered in a textured green powder-coating. An LED light is fitted into the base of each pot, which is fed from a reinforced electrical cable

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

Jean Nouvel Adorns Lush Barcelona Hotel with Leaf-Shaped Windows

The hotel’s striking façade sets it apart from others in the region, with leaf-shaped windows that frame each of the 357 guestrooms. Inside, the ornate windows are shaped like a burst of palm fronds

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Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Multi-Angled Facade Protects La Pischuca House from the Strong Salvadoran Sun

Sited high on a hilltop, the home has a series of decks organized around a central patio for entertainment and optimal viewing of the expansive views of San Salvador, the surrounding mountains and the

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RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

RARE Architecture Restores Historic London Building with a Modern Patterned Skin

Originally built in 1910, this Edwardian town hall was extended in 1937 into a 7,500 square meter building. It fell victim to numerous modifications until it was vacated and left to decay in 1993. In

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Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

Nice Architects Unveil Gorgeous North Star Apartments in Slovakia

Nice Architects' North Star Apartments is a low-cost residential building with 91 apartments and five small shops. The housing units are affordably priced and feature balconies that emphasize views from

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

London-based Exploration Architecture creates cutting-edge projects that explore truly sustainable concepts. Their designs are inspired by natural forms ranging from sea urchins to coral reefs, and they

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Miami Artist Smashes $1 Million Vase by Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei “In Protest”

Miami Artist Smashes $1 Million Vase by Chinese Dissident Ai Weiwei “In Protest”

A Miami artist shocked the art world this week when he deliberately destroyed a $1 million Ai Weiwei vase on exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum. Artist Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal

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Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

These days you can crowdfund pretty much anything, from flying bikes, to glowing plants, and a headset that lets your dog talk - so why not a building? That's precisely the idea behind Prodigy Network, a

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Curvy Canoe-Inspired Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium Offers a Retreat for Australian Youth

Curvy Canoe-Inspired Milson Island Indoor Sports Stadium Offers a Retreat for Australian Youth

Built to accommodate a wide array of indoor activities from basketball to dance performances, the sports hall consists of a robust steel frame fitted with an acoustic slotted plywood ceiling. The rounded

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Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

Danielle Trofe’s Brilliant Mush-Lume Lamp is Grown From Fungi!

We've featured Danielle Trofe's amazing energy-generating hourglass lamps in the past, and the designer just unveiled a new table lamp called Mush-Lume that is grown instead of being manufactured! The

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Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Chilean Student Designs Pedal-Powered Mobile Shelter for People and Their Bikes

Endless Cycling is Cáceres Céspedes' first prototype, created as a mobile construction that can be used for bike training, racing or touring purposes. Already tested in Chile’s Central Valley,

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Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Toronto Designer Tucked His Own Home into an Urban Driveway

Through some creative deals, Rohan Walters was able to purchase a driveway in downtown Toronto from a client. He had previously designed the adjacent house at 1292 College Street and wanted to build his

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Harwyn Pods are Tiny Prefab Workspaces That Can be Assembled in Hours

Harwyn Pods are Tiny Prefab Workspaces That Can be Assembled in Hours

Inspired by the mechanical strength and high protection levels found in European luxury car design, Harwyn pods can be used as art studios, recreation spaces or just a quite, distraction-free place to

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Victorian De Beauvoir Home Revitalized With Green-Roofed Subterranean Extenstion

Victorian De Beauvoir Home Revitalized With Green-Roofed Subterranean Extenstion

The rear facade of the De Beauvoir Road home juts out in oak-clad curves that wind their way down the back of the property. The curves create a sloping eave that extends from a door in the back of the

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HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

Carbon calculator photo from Shutterstock At one time or another, you've probably used a carbon calculator to find out how you're impacting the planet. But what's next? What happens after you know how

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